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." david, in 2008 candidate obama talked about this war as the war we must win. this time around he notedly talks about winding down the war. mitt romney didn't even mention it in his convention speech. why does this not seem to be a major interest in a campaign? >> the stakes are so high, lester, as you know being on the ground there. i think there's a couple of reasons. from the republican point of view, they want distance from the bush presidency, particularly the bush foreign policy of engagement in war in afghanistan and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq g
, channelling mitt romney. in an iowa poll out today, president obama got another boost, leaving governor romney by four points, 49 to 45%. the president at ease, even making fun of his own gaffe. >> i want to see us export more jobs. export more products. excuse me. excuse me -- i was channelling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: last week romney hinting at his debate approach. >> he's trying to fool people in to thinking thing that's don't and that ends during the debate. >> reporter: for days both sides have been tamping down expectations. today on the sunday talk shows. >> he's prepared more than any other candidate in i think history, certainly recent history. >> sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, the comment. that doesn't happen often. >> reporter: on "meet the press," new jersey republican governor chris christie had another take. >> thursday morning the entire narrative of the race will change. >> in an interview, anne romney reveals the greatest concern if her husband becomes president. >> my biggest concern would be for the, his mental well being. i have all the confi
. >>> romney and obama trying to l lower expectations ahead of the first presidential debate. >> he's a debater. i'm just okay. >> but romney backer chris christie didn't get the memo. >> wednesday night the first night of this campaign. >> will this be a game-changer in the election? >>> and "i'm not perfect." arnold schwarzenegger about his failed marriage, his affairs and the child he fathered with his house keeper. >> i inflicted pain on maria and unbelievable pain on the kids. >> he prepares to release his tell-all memoir today, monday, october 1st, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live, from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a monday morning, i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. >>> the taliban is claiming responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in eastern afghanistan overnight. >> they were targeting a military patrol in a crowded market. as we said, at least 14 people were killed, 3 americans among the dead. dozens were wounded. this comes one day after the u.s.
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